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In conjunction with Bell Let’s Talk Day, check out the Canadian Olympic School Program’s Be a Champion for Life mental fitness resources below to engage your students in activities to keep their bodies and minds happy and healthy.

 

Give Your Everything – Be a Champion for LifeGYE - BACFL

With a focus on mental fitness needs (Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness) and the Olympic values (Excellence, Friendship and Respect), students will explore their passions, interests and skills with an emphasis on inclusion and diversity. Students learn about mental fitness and its connection to Olympic values through class discussions, athlete stories, writing assignments and other fun activities.

 

Be a Champion for Life: Celebrating Daily Highlights

BACFL - CDHBuilding on the framework of the 2012-2013 Give Your Everything: Be a Champion For Life classroom resource, teachers and students will be introduced to original athlete narratives. Students will be challenged in activities and cooperative games that foster student psychological well-being. Students learn to appreciate highlights and simple joys through daily activities such as creating a visual highlight wheel and collecting rocks signifying their daily highlights.

 

Be a Champion for Life: Fostering Positive Body-Image

BACFL - BIExpanding on the 2012-2013 classroom resource Give Your Everything: Get Active, athletes’ journeys and stories are used as a means to feature and promote physical activity, sport and positive body-image. The goal of this resource is to provide teachers, students (both male and female) and parents with recommendations to create safe environments and foster self-confidence to increase participation in physical activity and sport.

 

You can also get involved with Bell Let’s Talk Day through the following initiatives:

  • Join the national Bell Let’s Talk Day School TelePresence® Event
    • Students from across the country will be able to join Bell Let’s Talk spokespeople Clara Hughes and Michel Mpambara on January 28th in a nation-wide conversation to end the stigma around mental illness. Clara will be at Jesse Ketchum Public School in Toronto while Michel will be in Montréal at École Secondaire Dalbé-Viau. Both Clara and Michel will speak with students, to encourage them to become champions for mental health and help change the way mental illness is perceived.
    • To register your school or for additional details, please view the invitation at http://letstalk.bell.ca/bellletstalkevent
  • Engage those around you with the 5 simple ways we can all help end the stigma around mental illness:
    • 1. Language matters – Words can help…but they can also hurt. Pay attention to the words you use.
    • 2. Educate yourself – Myths exist about mental illness that contribute to stigma. Learn the facts.
    • 3. Be kind – Small acts of kindness speak volumes.
    • 4. Listen and ask – Sometimes it’s best to just listen.
    • 5. Talk about it – Start a dialogue, not a debate.
  • If your class or school is on social media, on January 28th tweet using #BellLetsTalk or share the Bell Let’s Talk Day image on Facebook, and Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives
  • Organize your own event
    • Organize a fundraiser or pep rally at your school to support local mental health initiatives and programs
    • Bring together a panel of local mental health experts to discuss what is happening in your community
    • Share the five simple things that we can all do to help reduce stigma

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To access our free resources for viewing and printing, please visit the Resources page by clicking HERE.

 

2014-2015 Canadian Olympic School Program Resources

With the success of the Canadian Olympic Team at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games still fresh in the minds of Canadians across the country, this year’s edition of the Canadian Olympic School Program includes five new athlete stories (available for three separate reading levels), telling the tales of friendship, excellence and fair play that captured our nation’s attention in February. Additionally, this year’s program continues the emphasis on mental fitness, building on the original Be a Champion for Life resources from past years.

 

Dominique Maltais – Determination (Now Available – Click Here)

Following snowboarder Dominique Maltais from her Bronze medal win in Turin, through an injury-filled Olympics on home soil in Vancouver, to her remarkable comeback Silver medal success in Sochi, Dominique’s story demonstrates to students how determination can allow you to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of determination.

 

Gilmore Junio and Denny Morrison – Friendship (Now Available – Click Here)

Telling the remarkable story of selflessness in which Gilmore Junio gave his spot competing in the 1000m long-track speed skating event in Sochi to Denny Morrison, allowing Denny to race his favourite event and win a Silver medal, this story teaches students how friendship and selflessness can ultimately lead to remarkable outcomes for all involved. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of friendship.

 

Jean-Philippe Le Guellec – Excellence (Now Available – Click Here)

Recounting the journey of biathlete Jean-Philippe Le Guellec from nearly quitting at an early age to becoming one of the best biathletes in the world, Jean-Philippe’s story showcases excellence as a personal journey that is achievable to everyone who puts in the hard work and does the best they can do. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of excellence.

 

Justin Wadsworth – Fair Play (Coming Soon)

When he helped out a Russian competitor in Sochi, Canadian cross-country skiing coach Justin Wadsworth redefined the meaning of fair play at one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Justin’s story demonstrates that while winning is often viewed as the only important goal in sports, acts of sportsmanship are those that are remembered for years to come. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of fair play.

 

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir – Teamwork (Now Available – Click Here)

From their unforgettable Gold medal victory in front of hometown fans in Vancouver, to their incredible Silver medal and subsequent retirement from competitions in Sochi, ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir’s story of over a decade of partnership is a wonderful exploration of the importance of respect and trust that go into making a good team. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3), Silver (Grades 4-5) and Gold (Grades 6-8) story components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities exploring the value of teamwork.

 

Be a Champion for Life: Energy Gains and Energy Drains (Coming Soon)

Building on the successes of past Be a Champion for Life resources, Energy Gains and Energy Drains explores the concepts of positive vs. negative energy sources, and provides concrete examples and ways for students to surround themselves with supportive influences. This resource includes Bronze (Grades 2-3) and Silver/Gold (Grades 4-8) components, with supporting activities for engaging students in thought-provoking reflections, discussions and creative activities teaching them how to promote positive influences while avoiding negative ones.

 

To learn more about the Canadian Olympic School Program, please click HERE.

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21 St. Clair Avenue E., Suite 900
Toronto, ON Canada, M4T 1L9

Telephone: (416) 324-5003
Email: cosp@olympic.ca

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